Festivals of India 1968 Indian Government Publication
Festivals of India, revised Edition 1968, is a 28 page brochure by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, which lists and describes concisely the All-India Festivals and the Regional Festivals involving Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism.
For example: The new commercial year begins with the Diwali Festival and businessmen open new account books on this day. Diwali heralds the approach of winter, and the winter crops are sown."
"Every home, however lowly, is decorated with twinkling divas (clay lamps with oil) to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Unlit houses are, it is believed, overlooked by the goddess. Rice-flour designs on the doorsteps, and ... illuminations lend colour and picturesqueness to the festival."
This highly collectible work, extremely rare and hard to find in the United States, should not be confused with children's books of the same name. It is an excellent source of information on entertainments and celebrations in India, and will be a welcome addition to the library of any aficionado of Asian culture.
This vintage booklet / pamphlet measures 7 inches by 9 1/2 inches. It is lavishly illustrated with ink drawings, black and white glossy photographs, and seven beautiful photographs in full color. It is firmly stapled and shows only slight signs of use. The only marks are seven check marks beside certain festivals.